Illuminations #151, Adar 5778, Parshat Tetzaveh

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Illuminations #151, Adar 5778, Parshat Tetzaveh

Torah Gems

We learn that the Mishkan was built so that Hashem would have a place to “rest” down here on Earth. However, the Torah tells us that His glory fills the entire world. If so, what was unique about the Mishkan that was worthy of Hashem’s residence? Isn’t Hashem found everywhere? In the land of Israel, there are 10 levels of holiness. The levels of holiness in the rest of the world cannot compare to that in Israel. The difference in the holiness is it reflects how deeply Hashem’s presence is felt, not on the proximity. Although His glory fills the entire world, in some locations it is more manifest, while in others it is more hidden. When a person goes to a shiur or enters a shul or yeshivah anywhere in the world, he must realize that he has entered a place that is conducive to feeling Hashem’s presence. However, if he does not prepare himself accordingly, he will have difficulty gaining from the experience. A small amount of preparation will allow us to make the most of every spiritual opportunity.

Parsha Pearls

When the Beis Hamikdash was destroyed, the Jewish people were deprived of the ability to experience the holiness and bring karbanos. However, as the Midrashim cited, when we study the pesukim describing the building of the Mishkan, as well as the proper methods in bringing karbanos, it is as if he built the Beis Hamikdash and brought karbanos on the Mizbeiach

The Chofetz Chaim wrote a series of works, entitled Likutei Halachos, which is a commentary and halachic compilation on the mesechtas dealing with the laws of Kodashim. He founded a Kollel Kodashim to study these mesechtas and was the motivation for the introduction of its intense study in the yeshivah world. The Chofetz Chaim saw many signs that the Geulah was very near and he did everything possible to help it come sooner. As we read about the building of the Mishkan and the Haftorah which includes dimensions of the third Beit Hamikdash, let us do what we can to contribute to the spiritual “bricks” to merit the great day when it is rebuilt.

Glimpses of Greatness

Rabbi Eliyahu Kletzkin of Jerusalem had a phenomenal memory. One reading would be enough for him to remember all the facts and figures on a page. He used this gift to help others by memorizing the schedules of trains and ships all over the world. People who planned trips would consult him. Although he never planned to travel to the United States, he knew the entire schedule of the New York subway system by heart in order that people traveling to New York could ask his advice on the routes they would need when they arrived.

Halacha Weekly

Is A Man Permitted To Dress As A Woman On Purim or a Wedding or Vice Versa [I-12-285]

A.  YeChaveh Daath (3-68, R. Ovadia Yosef Z”L)  cites Teshuvot HaRambam that there is no leniency for a man to wear the clothes of a woman and transgress the Torah prohibition for the sake of rejoicing  for a wedding or for Purim. Sefer Yereim (96, R. Eliezer ben Shmuel Z”L) writes: “The [Torah] prohibition ‘ lo yilbash gever simlat ishah’ ‘A man shall not wear clothing of a woman ‘(Dev 23-5)   applies even for those who are only doing so in a temporary fashion for a humorous purpose. ..There are people who wear the dress of a women temporarily in wedding entertainment. It is completely forbidden.”  Chochmat Adam (89-6, R. Avraham Danzig Z”L), Darchei Teshuva (YorehDeah 182-37, R. Tzvi Hirsch Spira of Munkatch Z”L ), and Aryeh Hashulchan (696-12, R. Yechiel Michel Epstein Z”L) rule likewise.

Ramah (Orech Chaim 68) writes regarding the custom of a man wearing clothing of a woman, and the opposite, on Purim that, ‘there is no prohibition in the matter because they are not  intending this, rather simply rejoicing  in general.’  Pri Megadim ( 7, R. Yosef Ben Meir Teomim Z”L) and Mishneh Berurah (Ad. Loc. 100-30, R. Yisrael Meir Kagan Z”L) add that if a man’s clothing contains a single item which is appropriate only for a woman it is possible that one does not have to protest to this. However,  Sheveth Hakehati (2-248 R. Shammai Kehat Hacohen Gross) writes that this does not apply to women: Women should not wear even one item in their outfit which is recognized as an item [appropriate] for men only.